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This Be the Verse by Philip Larkin They censored you up your mum and dad They may not mean to but they do They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra just for you But they were censoreded up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats Who half the time were sloppy-stern And half at one anothers throats Man hands on misery to man It deepens like a coastal shelf Get out as early as you can And dont have any kids yourself Lately I have read a good deal of poems by Philip Larkin and one unifying factor that I have noticed is that Larkin never seems to use a filler Every word in every one of his poems seems to be carefully crafted and placed to the point where the flow and rhythm of the poem seem almost an accident One poem I read that really stayed with me is the above poem This be the Verse I will now show you how this poem which at first glance seems to be written only to amuse really has a much deeper meaning I will examine the poem in several parts First I would like to examine the use of curse words in the poem or why other words that would be considered more acceptable to the general public were not used Then I will discuss the three stanzas of the poem and what they were meant to do for the audience Lastly I will explore why Larkin would write such a poem and what he was trying to get across to his audience by writing it The second line in this poem contains
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